Bracing for Omicron, the New Covid Variant

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) SOUTH AFRICA CERTAINLY deserves praise for alerting the rest of the world on time about the presence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19 B.1.1529). One of the two countries, along with Botswana, where the strain possibly originated, it was soon targeted by dozens of countries for travel bans and restrictions, … Continue reading Bracing for Omicron, the New Covid Variant

Ahmed Kathrada, the Indian-South African whom Mandela called his ‘Mirror’

Back home in India, Ahmed Kathrada (1929-2017), a Liberation Struggle veteran who spent 26 years in prison with his great friend Nelson Mandela, is relatively unknown. Ahmed Kathrada, the Indian-origin South African politician, who passed away following a brain surgery on March 28, aged 87, at Johannesburg’s Donald Gordon Hospital, had entered the anti-apartheid movement … Continue reading Ahmed Kathrada, the Indian-South African whom Mandela called his ‘Mirror’